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Bernard Sheehan

Portrait, Bernard Sheehan (NZ415374) reclining on deckchair in New Zealand Territorial force uniform, wearing a leather bandoleer. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Bernard Sheehan (NZ415374) reclining on deckchair in New Zealand Territorial force uniform …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bernard AWMM
  • Surname
    Sheehan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bernie AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ415374 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 March 1922 AWMM TimaruCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 September 1941 AWMM 376 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr John Sheehan (father), 376 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 April 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Advanced Training Squadron AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 28 September 1941 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Car Salesman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft VI, Heydekrug, modern day Šilutė, Lithuania AWMM
      Sicily, Italy AWMM
      13 June 1943 AWMM
      Shot down by Messerschmitt while on an escort mission AWMM
    • WW2
      Italy, Europe AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    247 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7.25 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      Damage to neck as a result of bailing out of Spitfire, 13 June 1943 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Brain tumor AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served as a Gunner with the Territorials

    Aged 19 years 203 days at enlistment for service in WW2.

    Reported missing on Air Operations, Evening Post, July 1943

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

    Biographical publication "Bernie's War" held in AWMM library AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 September 2004 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
    ManurewaManukau City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Manukau Memorial Gardens (Papatoetoe Cemetery), Papatoetoe, Manukau City, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, September 2004 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Dad I remember you didn't go to many dawn parades as you loved your sleep. What I do remember though were your horrible, fascinating, and dare I say it, amusing stories you told me about the war.......mostly when Mum was at her bowls night ! Love from Chris
    Public - Chris - Child - 22 April 2015



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22 April 2015ChrisAucklandChild

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